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- 10/28/19--08:49: I Hate Listening to My Music – Jules Sentore
- 11/22/19--05:11: Inside the Homes of Rwanda’s Celebrities
- 11/25/19--03:45: Social Mula’s Maiden Album is Finally Here
- 11/26/19--02:02: Singer Christopher Admits Being In Love
- 11/26/19--23:48: Showbiz Journalists Launch their Association
- 11/27/19--05:25: Rwanda Music School to Introduce New Courses
- 12/02/19--05:01: Makonikoshwa Resurfaces on Music Scene
- 12/03/19--04:13: Singer Yvery Plans A Mega Album Launch
- 12/05/19--06:56: Local Fresh Hits to Spice Up The Festive Season Are Here
Gakondo star Jules Sentore confesses that he always listens to his music before release very many times but after, he can’t dare listening because it feels weird to him.
In real life, people tend to listen over and over again their favorite songs but believe me, most of those musicians don’t like listening to their sweet voices.
Singer Sentore admitted that he doesn’t like listening to his music apart from interviews, on radios and clubs abruptly.
“I don’t know why, but it feels weird when I listen to my music like in my car or home. However, I always listen to any new song more than a 100 times before I release it to public because I want it to be perfect to my music consumers,” says Sentore.
It’s not Sentore only as legendary traditional artist Masamba Intore, R&B singer King James and diva Knowless Butera also confessed not having their own songs on their playlists at home or cars, but like it when people listen to them over and over again.
Sentore is one of the best young traditional artists and for years, he has released hit songs like Dutarame, Sina ya Mwiza, Diarabi, Gakondo. His latest brand single Dimba Hasi is enjoying massive airplay in clubs and local airwaves.
The Udatsikira hit maker revealed also that he is working on his new album which will be launched mid next year with lots of collabos among local musicians.
Music runs through his blood veins because his grandfather Athanase Sentore was a celebrated cultural singer in early 80’s and by the time he passed away in 2016, he left behind over 200 songs unreleased according to his son Masamba Intore.
Photos by Germaine Umukazana
When they get on stage, you are excited or whenever they score a goal, you celebrate with them excitingly but you never knew that they also live another life outside the stage/stadium.
We are just talking about shelter, a primary necessity. Some of the local celebrities have already saved enough or went to the bank to get a mortgage loan so as to own a home.
As you will see in our photos, some are still connecting dots to be able to finish their houses, while others already reside in them.
Well, some others are still enriching landlords because of several reasons. Fairly enough to say that in most instances, affording a house is not an easy feat.
Jean Luc Ndayishimiye a.k.a Bakame
The AS Kigali’s goal keeper and long time serving Amavubi goalkeeper got himself a house in the outskirts of Kigali city.
Apparently, his favorite color is either orange or silver, but you never know since the fence is not yet finished.
And most probably, Bakame is the neighbor to his brother-in-law who is number 2 on this list of ours.
2. Haruna Niyonzima
3. Bizimana Djihad
5. Hakizimana Muhadjir
His house is still under construction. News has it that he is neighbor to his brother Haruna and brother-in-law Bakame.
7. AMA G The Black
8. Butera Knowless and Clement Ishimwe
11. Tom Close
On Saturday at Camp Kigali, it was all set for music star Lambert Mugwaneza alias Social Mula as his music lovers, fellow artists and politicians flocked the venue to support him as he launched his first ever music album.
The singer looked more relaxed and ready for the show when he stormed the stage singing his early songs like Abanyakigali, Umuturanyi, Agakufi including the latest ones like Yayobye.
The concert started with low turnout but as time went on, the number increased and by the time Social Mula stormed the stage, the turnout was good.
Fellow musicians like Buravan, Marina, King James, Mc Tino supported Mula through entertaining guests as well as warming the stage for him.
Politicians like State minister Bamporiki, deputy speaker Esperance Nyirasafari were present as well as celebrated media personalities.’
Six years back, Social Mula was in high school and did not even think of becoming an artist but things changed after completing secondary in 2012.
In 2013 Social moved from his home town Ku Rwesero and was ushered into the city by manager Alex Muyoboke, who went on to mold him musically.
His first hit song was Abanyakigali which was well received by music consumers hence becoming a star overnight and since then, he hasn’t ceased to release hits.
Former Kina music pop star Christopher Muneza breaks silence and spills the secret that he is indeed in a relationship after years shunning away relationship rumors in media.
The Ndakwemera hitmaker has been mute on the issue of dating for years in several interviews, but decided to clear the air before this year ends that he is in a relationship.
“For a long time I have dodged the truth but it’s time to speak it out. I have been dating this girl for about 5 years now and I won’t go in details about our relationship,” Christopher told the media yesterday.
Christopher is known for having lots of female fans due to his love songs and the bomb dropped could make some of them end a year in sorrows.
The singer also has a brand new release love song dubbed Uti Sorry which is meant to keep his fans hooked as the year draws to an end.
The Izina Ryanjye hit maker raised to stardom when he won a talent show organized by Kina music label around 2011, which saw him sign into the music label until he parted ways with the label in 2016.
Christopher’s music pace slowed down after quitting Kina music but he is slowly claiming back his throne musically.
Show business journalists are set to launch their newly formed association dubbed Rwanda Showbiz Journalist Forum (RSJF) officially come 6th December at Camp Kigali (Akagera hall).
The launch aims at showcasing the forum’s ambitions and plans to develop entertainment industry to institutions overseeing media practitioners like RMC, RGB and ministry of Youth.
Speaking to KT Press, Joel Rutaganda, the president of the forum explained more in details about the launch.
“We have been working in a disorganized way for years but now we have a forum and we want institutions like RMC, RGB, Ministry of Youth to recognize us, and support us in any way possible like other professionals working under one umbrella,” says Joel Rutaganda.
RSJF was formed early June this year with 120 members but later dropped 22 members for not having proper credentials including service cards and now it has only 98 members.
For someone to be a member of the forum, he or she must be working for a media house recognized by RMC and RGB with a service card of the institution.
The members also include journalists dealing with show business day to day working in broadcasting, print and online.
The launch will be also graced by celebrities including artists, comedians, film makers and sportsmen. This will help both celebrities and showbiz fraternity to network and lay strategies to uplift local entertainment industry as one.
The launch will be hosted by R&B singer Dr. Tom Close. Musicians to perform include Riderman, Austin, Alyn Sano, Andy Bumuntu, P Fla and Fireman.
The launch will kick off at 6PM-11PM with entrance fee of 3,000 for students, 5,000 regular and 10,000 and 20,000 for VIP and VVIP respectively.
You were probably born in the 60s – 70s or way earlier, and the idea of the music you have, the best artists of your time are no longer.
The music industry in Rwanda has however resurrected and is now offering the best ever.
The Nyundo School of Music has since 2013, come to revolutionalise the industry, to provide the country with professionals who make the professional values in the same standards of other skills like construction, electricity, computer engineering and other careers that earned a living to professionals for decades.
All starts on March 10, 2014, when the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) launched the first intake with the courses of composition, singing, playing instruments, melody, music commercialization to mention but a few.
The first intake graduated in 2017 with 29 graduates and the number has now grown to 80 graduates from three intakes.
Their presence in the music scene and entertainment is an indication that the school is a successful project.
The public remembers most their performance at the Extraordinary session of the African Union General Assembly in Rwanda, July 2016.
In Rwanda’s traditional attire, the young professional artists performed the “Let Us All Unite and Celebrate Together” song, which is the Union’s Anthem in six languages.
The beautiful voices of the students are still in the memories of the delegates.
The students also attend several festivals in Europe, Canada and in the region.
They represented Rwanda well and thus, attracted the attention of the music lovers who started understanding the change.
The school director Jacques Muligande mostly known as Might Popo told Kigali Today, the sister website to KT Press, that sometimes, they go to the public gathering and find entertainers who pretend to be the school graduates.
“That alone is an indication, that the public values what we are doing,” Muligande said.
Artists like Yverry, Adolphe, Igor Mabano, Symphony Band, Ignace Kalinijabo, Imirasire Band, Sebeya Band, Neema Rehema, Favor, Yvanny, Groovy Band graduated from Nyundo music school.
With their singer mates, they performed in the renowned events like Guma Guma, Iwacu Muzika Festival, Kigali Up Festival and Kigali Jazz Junction. They even served in concerts of the renowned international artists like Koffi Olomide, Davido, Diamond, to mention but a few.
The government which owns the school of recent requested that Nyundo School of music opens doors for other African countries to become an international school.
The school will soon introduce the courses of film writing and production, drama writing, dancing. That will give the school the merit to be called Rwanda School of Creative Arts and Music, instead of Nyundo School of Art and Music.
American rapper, award winner, model and song writer, Theodor Mobisson famous on stage as Jidenna was stunned by the way Rwandans received him and talked to him like one of them.
The Classic man hitmaker touched down at Kigali International airport at around 10pm and headed for a meet and greet party at Marriot hotel, where he mingled with fans until dawn.
Jidenna is in Rwanda to headline a monthly concert dubbed Kigali Jazz Junction slated to take place on Friday at Camp Kigali.
“Am sorry for keeping you waiting because my flight delayed and am already feeling at home. By the way you guys received me like one of you, I have travelled to many countries but Rwanda is best in hospitality,” he told his fans at meet and greet party.
The rapper will share the stage with local talented vocalist Bruce Melody known for hits like Katarina, Ikinya, Uzandabure and many more.
Jidenna also promised energetic performance as a payback to the love showed to him by Rwandans.
Jidenna was born on May 4th 1985 by a white accountant Tama Mobisson and Oliver Mobisson, a Nigerian academic.
Veteran artist Makonikoshwa Joseph makes a music comeback after almost three years without performing live on stage.
The husky voice musician staged a live show on Sunday at White Club based in Kimiroko together with his band.
Although the turnout was low, but Mako managed to sing live and amaze music lovers.
“Now am ready to make music and do concerts again for my fans across the country. I have got also new songs coming out soon,” says Makonikoshwa.
The singer got sick back in 2014 and spent months in hospital, then after he decided to take a break from music in order to gain energy lost.
The 45 years old afrobeat singer hit maker, stormed the stage wearing a white suit and performed straight for one hour.
Makonikoshwa boosts of songs like Nkuda Kuragira, Mujyane and Mulina.
Upcoming R&B artist Yverry Rugamba is in preparations to launch ‘Love You More’, his first ever music album next year on Valentine’s Day.
The singer has been releasing love songs ever since he graduated from Nyundo music school and is ready to launch an album on 14th February.
The new album will feature Yverry’s old songs including those he worked on before going back to music school as well as new songs like Naremewe wowe.
“Am already in preparations for my launch and am rehearsing very hard to make it great. It has been my dream to stage a successful album launch in my music career,” says Yverry.
Yverry is one of the pioneers of Nyundo music school and before joining it, he was already singing and recording songs but with less knowledge about making music as a business.
With his strong vocals and great love lyrics, Yverry has managed to win many hearts of music lovers especially those who like love songs.
His love song Nk’uko njya Mbirota opened doors for him and boosted his status as a musician as well as giving him easily platforms to showcase his singing antics.
Recently he was one of the invited musicians that mesmerized music lovers at Social Mula’s album launch dubbed Ma Vie.
As the world gears up for the most celebrated days of the year Christmas and New Year’s, in Rwanda the hype is real and for the artists it’s time when they turn clubs, studios and concerts venues their beds to make the season lit.
No musician wants to end the year without a new hit song or miss out on the festive season playlist.
KT Press gives you a glimpse of some of the hitting fresh tunes ousted in this regard and with no doubt, they will make your parte after parte plans full of good memories.
Uuh Mama; It’s a brand new jam from Rwanda’s finest R&B star Meddy featuring Kenya’s Willy Paul. The audio was dropped on 16 Nov and as we speak, it has 172,621 views and in only 22hrs its premiered video has 92,144 views.
Meddy has other hits enjoying massive airplays already like Adi Top and Down Town. The singer also signed a fat contract with a Seychelles based tour company called Mazimillions due to his popularity.
Karibu Nyumbani; This song was ousted on Dec 1st by a popular deejay called Zizou Alpacino and right now, it’s one of most played tunes in clubs and hangouts not only in Kigali but also in the country side.
The song boasts 24,564 views and it’s requested on radios and clubs frequently.
The reason why it spread like a wild fire, it’s because it features popular music stars with a huge fan bases like Riderman, Uncle Austin, Bruce Melody and Amalon.
Can’t Get Enough by The Ben feat Otile Brown; The song has already fetched 212,410 views and it trending on social media platforms like Instagram, whatsapp and snap chat as a tune of the month.
The Ben already has club burgers like Fine Girl and Binkorera with Sheebah Karungi from Uganda rocking several popular hangouts regionally.
True Love by Safi&Marina: This one comes from The Mane record label which produces for artists Marina and Safi Madiba, its video was released a few weeks after its audio but it’s also taking the nation by storm. It currently has 78,472 views.
Nari High by The Mane artists Queen Cha, Safi, Marina, Calvin and Jay Polly.
The song came to be popular among party goers due to its lyrics which talk about the negative effects of alcohol. The song was released in October when Rwanda National Police had just launched #GerayoAmahoro loosely translated as ‘reach safely’, the campaign which was the talk of the city aided its popularity and it currently has 296,198 views.